AU Humanities Lab

AU Humanities Lab The Humanities Lab is a new research center at American University, that aims to showcase innovative and interdisciplinary work. The Humanities Lab is a new research initiative in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University in Washington DC.

Founded in 2014, the Humanities Lab aims to showcase the humanities at American University by supporting interdisciplinary and collaborative projects and scholarly activities among faculty, students, and the broader community.

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What's the Feminist Frequency? Anita Sarkeesian @ AUMarch 6, 6pmMGC 3-5What is it like to be a public figure who is know...
03/04/2019

What's the Feminist Frequency? Anita Sarkeesian @ AU
March 6, 6pm
MGC 3-5

What is it like to be a public figure who is known more for the targeted acts of aggression and hate directed at you than for the creative or scholarly work you produce? Anita Sarkeesian, creator of Feminist Frequency video series, will recount the formative experiences that made her into the activist she is today before she unpacks the ways that the behavior of online harassers upholds and furthers a reactionary political agenda and silences the voices of women everywhere.

American University Graduate Studies
02/26/2019

American University Graduate Studies

Join the Humanities Truck for a workshop to learn about the initiatives the truck is part of and how you can use it for one of your projects!
When? Tuesday, February 26 at 12pm
Where? AU Humanities Lab
(Battelle Hall, 2nd floor)
RSVP: [email protected]

College of Arts and Sciences at American University

Thank you Dr. Brewer for an amazing talk!
11/02/2018

Thank you Dr. Brewer for an amazing talk!

2 days left!!
10/25/2018

2 days left!!

Mark your calendars for October 27!

The Public Anthropology Conference will explore opportunities for collaboration between academia and social movements. Presenters and attendees will engage in dialogue and share insights about the concrete ways in which activists and academia can strengthen collaborative efforts to combat social inequalities and injustice, discrimination and oppression, and violations of human rights and dignity. Hosted in Washington, DC, the conference will provide a space to self-critically reflect on the contributions of academia to social movements and the relationship between the two.

visit https://www.american.edu/CAS/ANTHROPOLOGY/PUBLIC/ for more information.

Humanities Truck is here!! Make sure to drop by and learn more about the powerful student rights events AU students held...
10/19/2018

Humanities Truck is here!! Make sure to drop by and learn more about the powerful student rights events AU students held in 1968.

The Humanities Truck started out as a Humanities Lab working group and has evolved into a fully customized delivery truck that serves as an experimental mobile platform for collecting, exhibiting, preserving, and expanding dialogue around the humanities.

Come say hi to us at the AU Research Fair! You can learn more about our Investigations Lecture Series, Working Groups, a...
10/17/2018

Come say hi to us at the AU Research Fair!

You can learn more about our Investigations Lecture Series, Working Groups, and other interdisciplinary research opportunities.

Mark your calendars for October 27!The Public Anthropology Conference will explore opportunities for collaboration betwe...
10/04/2018

Mark your calendars for October 27!

The Public Anthropology Conference will explore opportunities for collaboration between academia and social movements. Presenters and attendees will engage in dialogue and share insights about the concrete ways in which activists and academia can strengthen collaborative efforts to combat social inequalities and injustice, discrimination and oppression, and violations of human rights and dignity. Hosted in Washington, DC, the conference will provide a space to self-critically reflect on the contributions of academia to social movements and the relationship between the two.

visit https://www.american.edu/CAS/ANTHROPOLOGY/PUBLIC/ for more information.

Barack Obama
08/26/2018

Barack Obama

John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics. But we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher – the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed. We saw our political battles, even, as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve as stewards of those high ideals at home, and to advance them around the world. We saw this country as a place where anything is possible – and citizenship as our patriotic obligation to ensure it forever remains that way.

Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did. But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own. At John’s best, he showed us what that means. And for that, we are all in his debt. Michelle and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family.

02/02/2018
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02/02/2018

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01/24/2018

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01/17/2018

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11/08/2017

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Photos from AU Humanities Lab's post
10/25/2017

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Photos from AU Humanities Lab's post
10/25/2017

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A great lecture on illustrator Fritz Kahn, and the modern imagination of the body in the 1920s and 30s. October 4, 2017 ...
10/04/2017

A great lecture on illustrator Fritz Kahn, and the modern imagination of the body in the 1920s and 30s. October 4, 2017 at the Humanities Lab.

A great lecture on illustrator Fritz Kahn, and the modern imagination of the body in the 1920s and 30s. October 4, 2017 at the Humanities Lab.

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10/04/2017

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This event was part of the Social Impact Talks, created by the Department of Anthropology. Dr Ibram X. Kendi discusses h...
10/04/2017

This event was part of the Social Impact Talks, created by the Department of Anthropology. Dr Ibram X. Kendi discusses his work and his new book in progress at the College of Arts and Sciences at American University, October 3, 2017.

This event was part of the Social Impact Talks, created by the Department of Anthropology. Dr Ibram X. Kendi discusses his work and his new book in progress at the College of Arts and Sciences at American University, October 3, 2017.

Photos from AU Humanities Lab's post
10/04/2017

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Art Shapiro Revolutionizing Perception
09/28/2017

Art Shapiro Revolutionizing Perception

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09/20/2017

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Photos from our first lecture this semester, September 20, 2017.
09/20/2017

Photos from our first lecture this semester, September 20, 2017.

Photos from our first lecture this semester, September 20, 2017.

In addition to launching our Investigations series of lectures, on Revolutions, this fall we all also looking for new Wo...
09/12/2017

In addition to launching our Investigations series of lectures, on Revolutions, this fall we all also looking for new Working groups. These interdisciplinary teams focus on a topic of common interest. They have to meet 3 times a year and can include faculty and graduate and undergraduate students from AU and beyond. Working groups get a small budget and organizational support fro the Humanities Lab. If you have a topic that you would like to pursue, please let us know!

Our Investigations Lecture series for this semester will focus on Revolutions, and is anchored by two important annivers...
09/07/2017
Revolutions | 2017-2018

Our Investigations Lecture series for this semester will focus on Revolutions, and is anchored by two important anniversaries: the 100 years since the Russian Revolution in October 1917, and the 200 years since the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in January 1818. Join us for one lecture or for the whole series. All events are free and open to the public.

http://auhumanitieslab.com/revolutions-culture-technology-politics/

We are starting our next talk with Professor Arielle Bernstein. Join us.
03/01/2017

We are starting our next talk with Professor Arielle Bernstein. Join us.

Energy Series 16-17
03/01/2017

Energy Series 16-17

Energy Series 16-17

This Wednesday March 1, 2017, at 1 pm, Arielle Bernstein will join us at the Humanities Lab to talk about The Energy of ...
02/28/2017
Marie Kondo and the Privilege of Clutter

This Wednesday March 1, 2017, at 1 pm, Arielle Bernstein will join us at the Humanities Lab to talk about The Energy of Objects. You can see some of her work in this article published in The Atlantic, on clutter as a type of privilege.
https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/03/marie-kondo-and-the-privilege-of-clutter/475266/

The Japanese author’s guide to “tidying up” promises joy in a minimalist life. For many, though, particularly the children of refugees and other immigrants, it may not be so simple.

After Oil: Imre Szeman
11/30/2016

After Oil: Imre Szeman

Energy Series: Lindsey Green-Simms
11/02/2016

Energy Series: Lindsey Green-Simms

Energy Series: Lindsey Green-Simms

What can critical theory, literature, and film help us understand about fuel? Join us for a lecture by Professor Karen P...
09/15/2016

What can critical theory, literature, and film help us understand about fuel? Join us for a lecture by Professor Karen Pinkus (Department of Romance Studies, Cornell University) on the concept of “fuel” in western culture and philosophy, and the ways in which our understanding of energy has structured modernity.
Fuel: History of a Strange Concept
Monday September 26, 2016, 1 pm at 228 Battelle-Tompkins Hall

Colloquium on Citizen by Claudia Rankine
07/12/2016

Colloquium on Citizen by Claudia Rankine

We had an amazing group of people come to the Humanities Lab workshop and planning session, here are some pictures from ...
07/12/2016

We had an amazing group of people come to the Humanities Lab workshop and planning session, here are some pictures from the event. Great photos by Lauren Soanes and Mariarose Eipert.

We had an amazing group of people come to the Humanities Lab workshop and planning session, here are some pictures from the event. Great photos by Lauren Soanes and Mariarose Eipert.

The Literature Department and the Humanities Lab hosted a community reading of Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon poem that is the...
07/12/2016

The Literature Department and the Humanities Lab hosted a community reading of Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon poem that is the focus of the Literature Colloquium this year.

The Literature Department and the Humanities Lab hosted a community reading of Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon poem that is the focus of the Literature Colloquium this year.

Photos from the talk "Where is the Internet?" by Laura DeNardis, January 2014. Photo credit: Despina Kakoudaki.
07/12/2016

Photos from the talk "Where is the Internet?" by Laura DeNardis, January 2014. Photo credit: Despina Kakoudaki.

Photos from the talk "Where is the Internet?" by Laura DeNardis, January 2014. Photo credit: Despina Kakoudaki.

Pictures from a talk on urban studies, geocaching and learning from real and unreal landscapes, by David Pike. Humanitie...
07/12/2016

Pictures from a talk on urban studies, geocaching and learning from real and unreal landscapes, by David Pike. Humanities Lab, February 2015. Photo credit: Meriam Salem, AU Photo Collective

Pictures from a talk on urban studies, geocaching and learning from real and unreal landscapes, by David Pike. Humanities Lab, February 2015. Photo credit: Meriam Salem, AU Photo Collective

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